Can a parent who committed violence get custody or visitation?
When making a decision about parental rights and responsibilities, the judge must take into consideration:
- whether either parent has a history of, or the potential to commit, domestic violence, child abuse, spouse abuse, and parental kidnapping;
- if either parent, or any member of the household of either parent, has been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to:
- domestic violence;
- a sexually-oriented offense involving a victim who was a member of the family or household that is the subject of the custody proceeding; or
- any criminal offense that:
- involves any act that resulted in a child being an “abused child” or a “neglected child;” or
- resulted in physical harm against someone who is a member of the family or household that is the subject of the custody case.1
However, there are many other factors that a judge will consider as well. See How will a judge make a decision about parental rights and responsibilities (custody)? Therefore, the fact that a parent committed domestic violence does not necessarily mean that s/he will be denied custody.
It is recommended that you seek legal advice from a lawyer to assist you in any custody case, especially one involving domestic violence issues. For information on how to find a lawyer, see our Ohio Finding a Lawyer page.
1 Ohio Rev. Code § 3109.04(F)(1)(h), (F)(2)(c)